Latest report reaching liveschoolnews desk has it that, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ has commended the Edo State Government under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for its plans to set up an investigative panel to unearth the facts behind the killing of the 22-year-old final year student of the University of Benin, Mr. Ibrahim Momodu allegedly killed by the Divisional Police Officer of Ogida Police Station, Mrs. Carol Afegbai.
ANEEJ in a statement signed by its Information and Communication Officer, Mr. Kelly Umukoro and made available to newsmen yesterday in Benin City, appealed to the state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to ensure that the panel is set up immediately without delay and as well ensure that proper criminal investigators are selected to be on the panel.
“We appeal to the Edo State Governor to constitute the panel immediately without further delay because investigation of this nature need to be quickly embarked upon to avoid undue influence and well scripted confessional statements or witnesses’ accounts that could hinder the public from knowing the actual truth of the matter.
“We equally appeal to Edo State Government to ensure that members of the panel are not primarily selected or appointed on the basis of their years of experience as security officers but the State Government should ensure that they are social scientists from academic disciplines such as psychology, criminology, journalism as well as legal practitioners who we expect to subject the DPO and her men to thorough probing questions with a view to get verifiable willful statements and other intelligence gathering information that would help the panel and the general public to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of the UNIBEN student”, it stated.
Furthermore, ANEEJ urged Edo people particularly, residents of Textile Mill Road and Ogida where the incident occurred to furnish the panel with useful information. “ANEEJ as a non-governmenta l organization committed to the promotion of human rights therefore calls on Edo people particularly the people living around the area where the incident occurred to cooperate with members of the panel by giving honest witness account without fear or favour because an injury to one is an injury to all”, ANEEJ said
It appealed to the DPO and her men to know that as public officers they were accountable to the people and therefore urged them to submit themselves and to cooperate with members of the panel in the course of its investigation.
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